Mapua Cardinals find finishing kick to score first win of season at expense of San Sebastian Stags
From: Karlo Sacamos July 28, 2014, 06:20 pm
MAPUA finally found the finishing kick as it turned back San Sebastian, 89-81, on Monday at The Arena in San Juan to barge into the win column of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
For the third straight time, the Cardinals found themselves in a tight endgame but showed resolve to put an end to a six-game losing streak.
The Cardinals also dealt the Stags their third loss in six matches, dropping their victims to a three-way tie in the middle with College of St. Benilde and Jose Rizal University.
“Last three games, medyo nandun kami. Hindi lang namin matapos sa endgame. Pero through those experiences, medyo nag-mature player ko and they were focused on this game,” a relieved Cardinals coach Atoy Co said.
It was a day of upsets in the country’s oldest collegiate league after the Blazers stunned defending champion San Beda, 83-76, in the curtain-raiser.
Jessie Saitanan clicked on both ends of the floor this time, pumping in 24 points, nine boards, and four assists, while three other Cardinals scored in double figures.
Mapua's Oraeme leads NCAA MVP race after first round
Posted at 08/25/2015
MANILA, Philippines – Mapua Institute of Technology center Allwell Oraeme leads the NCAA in Player Average Value (PAV) at the end of the first round of the Season 91 men's basketball tournament, ahead of San Beda College's Arthur dela Cruz and reigning MVP Earl Scottie Thompson of University of Perpetual Help.
Oraeme has a PAV of 66.44 after leading the league in rebounds and blocks at the end of the first round of the eliminations. He currently averages 17.56, 19.11 rebounds, and 4.22 blocks per game.
... For Oraeme to be named the Most Valuable Player, he has to lead the Cardinals to the Final Four. Mapua currently has a 4-5 win-loss record and sits in sixth place in the league standings.
Vastly improved Mapua clinches No. 3 seeding in Final Four after playoff win over JRU
From: Reuben Terrado
October 16, 2015
MAPUA clinched the No. 3 seeding in the Final Four of the NCAA Season 91 men's basketball tournament after beating Jose Rizal University, 81-76, on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
CJ Isit led the way for the Cardinals, scoring 27 points in the playoff game as the league's former whipping boys continued a hot streak that saw it win eight of nine games in the second round of the eliminations.
By stopping JRU's six-game winning streak, Mapua was rewarded with a semifinal match against second seed Letran, which will have twice-to-beat advantage in the match-up.
...“I think our team responded well,” said Isit, who also shot 12-of-19 from the field and added five steals. “We came out with a lot of intensity. We took care of the defensive end since we know that we have the firepower.”
Darrel Menina had 16 points while Oraeme added 11 points and 24 rebounds for the Cardinals. Justin Serrano scored all of his eight points in the fourth quarter.
MIT’s Oraeme named NCAA 3rd rookie MVP
By Joey Villar (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 24, 2015
MANILA, Philippines – Mapua’s Allwell Oraeme bested a host of local aces and fellow foreign players to win the MVP honors in the 91st NCAA men’s basketball tournament, becoming the first rookie to achieve the feat since 2006.
Oraeme, the 19-year-old find from Lagos, Nigeria, posted monster averages of league-highs 20.28 rebounds and 2.94 blocks on top of 16.33 points to power the Cardinals to their first Final Four appearance in five years.
“Honestly I didn’t expect to win the MVP award, I was really surprised,” said Oraeme, who thus matched the rookie MVP feat of compatriot Sam Ekwe nine years ago.
Oraeme had a total Player All-Around Value (PAV) of 69.67, besting San Beda’s Arthur dela Cruz (60.61), Perpetual Help’s two-time MVP Earl Scottie Thompson (57.72), Arellano U’s Jio Jalalon (55.67) and Perpetual Help’s Bright Akhuetie (52.8, who later formed the First Mythical team with Oraeme.
The Mapua ace, the league’s third Rookie MVP winner after Ekwe and Phl Christian U’s Gabby Espinas, who dominated the league 11 years ago, also bagged the Defensive Player of the Year plum.
Michael Enriquez made it a double celebration for the Muralla-based school after bagging the MVP award in the juniors division.